15 seek seats on Balto. County school board

Glendening has final say on who will be named to fill 6 panel vacancies

April 27, 1999|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

A retired superintendent, two principals and a teacher are among the 15 Baltimore County residents who have applied for a spot on the school board, with up to half of the 12 spots eligible for replacement this summer.

The county's school board nominating convention disbanded this year, and the applicants are expected to appear at two forums over the next two weeks as they seek support.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is not obligated to pick school board members from the list of public applicants, which means it's possible that none of the 15 applicants will be on the board. The nominating convention disbanded after its recommendations were repeatedly ignored.

The five-year terms of four school board members expire June 30 -- President Dunbar Brooks, Paul Cunningham, Robert F. Dashiell and Phyllis Ettinger -- as does the one-year term of student member Alice Arcieri. Katharine Cohn has announced that she will resign June 30.

Neither Brooks nor Cunningham is eligible to reapply for the board because they have served two terms.

The candidates

The only board member to reapply is Ettinger, who lives in Timonium and is a parent education associate at Towson University's Institute for Gifted Children. She also teaches parents of gifted children at Towson and has three children who graduated from Dulaney High School.

The other 14 school board applicants are:

Charles Arthur, a retired parole and probation officer who lives in Randallstown and has three children, two of whom graduated from Randallstown High School. He is a member of the 10th District Democratic State Central Committee and has made two unsuccessful bids to become a Baltimore County Orphans' Court judge.

Leonard Averbach, a retired manufacturing engineer who lives in Randallstown. He has been active on such school system organizations as the Maryland High School Assessment Committee and the board's northwest area advisory council and curriculum and instruction committee.

Dorothy W. Dowling, who retired last month after teaching 29 years in Baltimore County, most recently as eighth-grade team leader at Parkville Middle School. Dowling, who lives in Ruxton, is an occasional contributor to The Sun's op-ed page.

Alan M. Elkin, a software engineer for Checkfree Corp. who lives in Reisterstown and has four children in public schools. Last fall, Elkin unsuccessfully challenged T. Bryan McIntire for the 3rd District County Council seat to represent north county and Owings Mills.

Austin Elkins, a retired senior loss control consultant for Injured Workers' Insurance Fund who lives in Owings Mills. He has two children who graduated from public schools and two grandchildren enrolled in county schools.

Edward J. Feeney, retired superintendent of Prince George's County schools, who is an adjunct professor at Essex Community College and lives in Catonsville. He has applied to the school board previously, earning a top recommendation from the nominating convention, but was passed over by the governor.

Ronald N. Flamer, a program consultant with Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems. He is on the executive committee of the Baltimore County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is a member of the school system's African-American Advisory Group.

George E. Hohl, who lives in Lutherville and retired in July as principal of Deer Park Magnet Middle School. He also spent 28 years as a county elementary school principal, including tenures at Chapel Hill, Shady Spring, Pine Grove and Carroll Manor.

R. C. Holmes, president of KnowNet Consulting. Holmes, who lives in Rossville, is a technology futurist involved in distance learning and work force development.

Jean M. H. Jung, a longtime Dundalk resident and activist. Jung, who unsuccessfully ran for County Council in 1994, is former president of the Community Assistance Network and former deputy county zoning commissioner.

James R. Sasiadek, principal of Baltimore's Medfield Heights Elementary School. Sasiadek, who has previously applied for the school board, lives in Hunt Valley and has a son at Dulaney High School.

W. Joseph Scott, a systems consultant with T. Rowe Price. He lives in Catonsville and has children at Hillcrest Elementary School.

Caroline Shepherd, executive director of Baltimore Rh Typing Laboratory. She lives in Parkville and has a son who is a sophomore at Parkville High School.

G. Lawrence Sprigg, general manager of engineering services at WorldLinks Inc. He lives in Lutherville and has a son at Ridgely Middle School and a daughter at Dulaney High School.

Community forums set

The community forums are sponsored by the county League of Women Voters, Chamber of Commerce, PTA Council, school board advisory councils and the NAACP.

The first forum will be held tomorrow at Patapsco High School in Dundalk, and the second will be May 5 at Western School of Technology in Catonsville. Both begin at 7: 30 p.m.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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